Saturday, 3 May 2014

Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs

(Beautiful curating! Note: none of the people are me in this photo, it was just so crowded I couldn't not get people in the photo!)

Matisse's cut-outs, so bright, so colourful, so playful, yet somehow this exhibition also has a deep sense of tragedy and of loss. During the last decade or so of Matisse's life, he was unwell and had to work from a wheelchair. Throughout the exhibition you see the outpour of ideas from a man who knew he was close to death. The rush of how the images are put together, how the placing and gluing of the images is not finessed, the sheer volume of work, all contribute to this feeling of someone who felt they were running out of time, but still had so much to give in terms of his artistic contribution to the world.

I went to this exhibition with my friend, Holly, who is basically obsessed with the Matisse cut-outs and in particular 'The Snail'.

For example, this is her comparing the 'exhibition' print of 'The Snail' with the 'mini' print to work out which one has better colour reproduction.

We went to the exhibition on Friday evening as the Tate Modern is open until 10pm on Fridays. We hit Wahaca beforehand, obviously. The exhibition was absolutely packed, so I highly recommend that if you go, go on a weekday morning or something, definitely do not go over the bank holiday weekend!

It is a huge exhibition with some brilliant pieces, the only downsides were: the glass over some of the larger pieces of work was not one single sheet of glass thus creating shadows over the artworks, and that my favourite piece of work was not very clean! I had been so looking forward to seeing 'The Thousand and One Nights'. Here is a sneaky pic of it that we took inside the exhibition.

Of course, it goes without saying that the shop was great and there were many awesome books I wanted to buy. Sometimes the colour reproduction was not great, especially in the print of 'The Horse, the Rider and the Clown'. The pink was just not as bright as in the real thing! Overall, do go and see this exhibition, as I doubt there will be another one like it in a long time, I will probably go and see it again! 


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